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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414343663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414343662
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Jones is a young doctor with an amazing gift; his abilities in surgery are astonishing. But when he cannot save a young woman at the scene of a fatal car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room. Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company developing a surgical tool that will duplicate precisely the movement of a surgeon’s hands, eliminating human error during surgical procedures. Lara has pursued the best surgeons in the world to test this tool and all of them have failed.

Discovering Andrew’s unique surgical skills, Lara is determined to work with him. But Jones wants no part of it until he discovers the urgency behind Lara’s work . . . and somewhere, somehow, he must find the courage to trust The Touch. Also included: Author interview and discussion questions for book groups or individual use.

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“Every person is the hero of his own life. And no matter how often we feel insignificant, we know in our depths that something in us comes from God. The profoundest moments in life are the ones that tell us we matter to someone, and this to me is the essence of faith and the essence of love . . .” —Randall Wallace
Randall Wallace is an author, screenwriter, director, producer, and songwriter. He directed the movie Secretariat. His other films include Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, and We Were Soldiers.

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Randall Wallace - the Oscar®-nominated creative force behind the epic storytelling of such critical and box-office hits as BRAVEHEART, WE WERE SOLDIERS and PEARL HARBOR - last Fall brought to life the inspirational excitement of SECRETARIAT, the impossible true story of the racehorse who won the Triple Crown in 1973. In addition to his work in film and television, Wallace is also the writer of eight books. His latest, THE TOUCH, is slated for release September 1, 2011.

Wallace's skill with uncommon yet true tales of loyalty, courage and commitment from throughout human history has set him apart in Hollywood. His films have earned more than $1 billion dollars at the box office, but he is most sought after for something even more rare: a visual storytelling style that can make the past feel completely alive and screen characters from any time period compellingly real. He turned a forgotten Scottish warrior into a contemporary film hero in the screenplay for BRAVEHEART; adapted a classic Alexandre Dumas novel into an all-star adventure of palace intrigue with his directorial debut THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK; examined the sacrifices of American soldiers with one of the best-reviewed war movies of the last two decades, WE WERE SOLDIERS; and forged a blockbuster tale of friendship and romance against the backdrop of an America under attack in the script for PEARL HARBOR.

With SECRETARIAT, Wallace brought those skills to bear on a spectacular story for all ages. Wallace immediately had a personal vision for the film, one that honed in on themes he found irresistible and makes the action heart-pounding and immediate. Inspired by William Nack's book, Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, he turned the tale of the ultimate long-shot horse -- and a woman who refused to give up -- into a powerful depiction of the American zeitgeist at a time when the country was in search of hope. "Penny and her horse captured a part of my heart, and you've got to bring your heart to a story to tell it right. That's my only compass," says Wallace.

Telling the story right was no easy task. Refusing to use mechanical horses or digital trickery, Wallace instead utilized real jockeys, dozens of unpredictable animals and re-teamed with Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Dean Semler, who used unprecedented and innovative camera techniques to put the audience right on the track with a soaring Secretariat. Faced with a 45-day schedule and a budget under $40 million, Wallace came in early and with resources to spare.

SECRETARIAT was the culmination of lessons learned throughout Wallace's career, which has been unconventional in Hollywood, to say the least. Born in Jackson, Tennessee, he grew up in a vanishing world of country stores and potbelly stoves, where he once constructed a writing desk for himself out of pig-feed sacks. He went on to attend Duke University, where he studied Russian, religion, and literature, which he says made him acutely aware of how the past can be shockingly relevant to the present and would later influence the vibrant, dynamic way in which he would bring to life epic stories from history. After Duke, he put himself through a graduate year of seminary in a typically unusual way, by teaching martial arts (he is a black belt in Karate.)

Wallace continued down an ever-shifting path, managing an animal show at Nashville's Opryland, signing a contract as a songwriter and writing articles for Architectural Digest (while living in a tiny, garage apartment). But it was when he moved to California in 1980 that he found what he was looking for, unexpectedly, when he read his first screenplay. Along with screenplays, he began writing novels - and today he is the author of seven books, including four original novels and three novel versions of the screenplays of his films. From the moment he read his first screenplay, he knew this was the form that would change his life.

Wallace was taken under the wing of leading television producer Stephen J. Cannell and spent several years writing for television series in the late 80s and early 90s. He struck out into features with BRAVEHEART, which was inspired by a trip to Scotland to better get to know his roots as a Scottish American. It was there he learned about the true legend of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace -- and instantly saw the sweeping cinematic potential in his story of betrayal and sacrifice.

BRAVEHEART became Wallace's first produced screenplay when it drew the interest of director and star Mel Gibson, and ended up as the film success story of 1995, sweeping the Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Best Director and garnering Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations as well as the Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay for Wallace.

The success of BRAVEHEART sparked Wallace's desire to direct. Making his directorial debut with his own screenplay for THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, he drew an extraordinary cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, John Malkovich, Gabriel Byrne, Jeremy Irons and Gerard Depardieu.

Shortly after, he wrote the screenplay for the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster, PEARL HARBOR, directed by Michael Bay and starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale.

This was followed by Wallace's second film as director, WE WERE SOLDIERS. Once again, Wallace spearheaded the project, after discovering the book We Were Soldiers Once , , . and Young, in an airport bookshop. Moved by its starkly honest account of a singular battle in the Vietnam War, Wallace purchased the rights himself with money he had earned from BRAVEHEART. He then re-teamed with Mel Gibson to star in a film that would be widely acclaimed for its humanity and authenticity. Wallace was so committed to understanding the motivation of his characters that he even trained with career soldiers at the notoriously grueling U.S. Army Ranger School.

SECRETARIAT would take Wallace into a completely different world, but one also full of inspired determination and people triumphing against the odds. Authenticity remained key as Wallace hand-picked the cast and literally went off to the races, immersing himself in the history and know-how of horseracing so that he could put it on-screen in a way audiences had never experienced before. He shot on location in Kentucky and Louisiana, with as many as 36 horses on the set at once.

The sense of pulsating life at the core of SECRETARIAT made it more than just a sports adventure tale for Wallace. "I love to take a great story and look for the poetics of it, look for what gives it the power of myth," he sums up. "There's a connection there with all of my films."

Wallace also recently took a comic turn in front of the camera, playing himself on HBO's hit comedy series ENTOURAGE, in an episode in which Vince, after a night of debauchery, blows his big meeting with the director.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker and novelist, Wallace is the founder of Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity and the father of two sons. In 1999, he formed his own company, Wallace Entertainment, which is focused on creating entertainment for worldwide audiences based on the classic values of love, courage and honor.

Follow Randall Wallace on twitter: @Randall_Wallace
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/randallwallace
Official Web Site: http://www.wallaceentertainment.com

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You will be witness to God's healing love that gives Jones back his passion for healing, love, and faith.
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And as you read this beautiful story, you start to believe that maybe just maybe true love exits, I had a hard time putting the book down..
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I couldn't put the book down and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a feel-good book to spend happy hours reading.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven Pressfield on August 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read Randall Wallace's The Touch on an airplane and it became kind of embarrassing because I found myself crying at a bunch of places in the story. The first time it happened, I tried to be cool in front of my fellow passengers ... a casual daub around the corners of the eyes, no problem. But the book kept moving me over and over, so that I finally just gave up and sat there blubbering like a Dad watching videos of his four-year-old kids doing black-flips into the backyard swimming pool.

To be serious though: what makes a book or a film so moving that it produces tears? It isn't because the story is sappy or lachrymose (that would produce the opposite reaction); it's because the characters are put in situations that require them to act with great honor or love, particularly in the face of adversity. Such moments are a staple of everything Mr. Wallace writes, as anyone who has seen Braveheart can attest. (By the way, check out Love and Honor, another terrific novel -- about Russia and Catherine the Great).

Mr. Wallace says that people often ask him why he writes war stories and he always answers that they're not war stories, they're love stories. "What do you love so much that you'd be willing to give your life for it?" Well, here in The Touch, Randall Wallace is writing a pure love story--the tale of a surgeon who loses his faith and regains it--and it is terrific precisely because of those moments of truth, of honor and of love that hit you in the heart and make you react with emotion. This is a four-handkerchief novel in the best sense of the term. Get it and read it. But be careful taking it on an airplane. I've warned you!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Harrington on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is not your typical love story and is one of the best I have ever read. One thing that particularly intrigued me was this page turner was not predictable in many areas. Also, the author utilized proficient vocabulary that is not common in many works of fiction. I hope we see additional stories similar to this from Randall Wallace. As a librarian and avid reader, this is a title I will highly recommend.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Miss Cindy on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Touch" by Randall Wallace was a very good read. Andrew Jones has it all. His life is perfect. His lady, Faith has accepted his proposal and he has "the touch." The rising neurosurgeon is acclaimed for his skill and his talents. But in an instant his abilities as a doctor are not enough. He fails. this begins the next chapter in Jones life. One of walls and fortresses to keep out the possibility of failure or pain. He doesn't trust himself and thus doesn't practice surgery again. He begins to teach and use his skills as a doctor to heal people in non-life threatening ways. The other main character in the story is Lara. She is driven to perfect the unknown, impossible brain surgery technique that takes her mothers life. She pursues Jones in an attempt to do what no other can do. The story line continues from there as each character is challenged to trust in himself and in someone higher, God. Will they use the talents, or "the touch" that God has given them, or will they let fear prevent them from doing what God has created them to do? I won't tell you. You'll have to read it to find out yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wilma on September 11, 2011
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A book you can't put down.
This was the first book I've read by Randall Wallce but won't be my last.
It takes you from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the city streets of Chicago with a lot of twist & turns along the way.
A young Dr. loses his fiancee in a car wreck & because he can't save her he gives up surgery till he meets a young woman who helps him face his fears & open his heart to love again and to give his hands to God so he can not only try to save her life but his own as well. The end will surprise you.
This is a book I will read again and highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Sheridan on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
THE TOUCH is a totally satisfying novel on several levels. Randall Wallace obviously knows and loves the characters he created and draws the reader in to experience their sorrows and joys. The author brings to life the people who enhabit this world (I bet Mr. Wallace grew up around the mountain folks) and really make us, the readers, care what happens to them. He speaks of spirituality in a way that I connected to and personally need to hear how other people approach the subject of G-d. We see how Lara learns to give without wanting any credit or applause. The Jews call this a Mitsvah, giving for the sake of giving and if we speak of it or want credit, well, it invalidates the good deed all together. I couldn't put the book down and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a feel-good book to spend happy hours reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By book lover on August 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent audio all round. The story is very well crafted with characters you can believe in and a plot that is full of different emotions. This is not surprising coming from the man who wrote the screenplay for `Braveheart`!! The narration is perfect. Paul Michael does a wonderful job of bringing the different characters to life, and knows how to stir your emotions with the perfect pitch of his voice. Its not a fast paced audio but it will definitely keep your attention, if you like well developed characters with a medical setting. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewers Program for this copy.
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